More than 10,000 members and guests traveled to Charlotte, South Carolina July 12-18 to witness the Royal Celebration of Leadership and Service during the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 66th International Convention. The affair was held at the Charlotte Convention Center.
During the celebration, sorority members installed its 2014-2018 International President, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson and its new international board of directors including Toni S. Kendrick who was elected to serve as the new Great Lakes Regional Director.
Toni is the 28th Alpha Kappa Alpha woman to serve in this position. Under her leadership, she is responsible for overseeing the states of Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Western New York and Western Pennsylvania.
She is the first member from Pittsburgh to serve in this capacity in more than 40 years. A native of Pennsylvania, she was initiated into Alpha Sigma Chapter in 1975. She is a member of Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter in Pittsburgh, PA.
Toni earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California University, a Master of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a principal’s certificate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
She has worked as a teacher, instructional teacher leader, counselor, student service specialist and assistant principal. She is also a former Wilkinsburg Planning Commissioner. Toni recently retired from Pittsburgh Allegheny 6-8 where she proudly served principal.
She is a lifelong member of New Destiny C.M.E. Church, and a member of the NAACP, Pittsburgh Branch.
She was named one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 50 Women of Excellence in 2012.
As Great Lakes Regional Director, Toni Kendrick plans to cultivate a culture that parallels the sorority’s mission of Service to All Mankind under the 2014-2018 program theme Launching New Dimensions of Service. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, through its 265,000 members and 986 chapters, will have an opportunity to address community needs with programs in five target areas:
1. Educational Enrichment
2. Health Promotion
3. Family Strengthening
4. Environmental Ownership
5. Global Impact
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will expand its community presence as a result of these initiatives, which include International Community Impact Days and our signature enrichment program, ASCEND.
“These new program initiatives will have a substantial and positive impact on overall community development. I am honored to be in a position to drive significant change in the Great Lakes Region and beyond”, said Toni.
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was
founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greekletter
organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha
is comprised of more than 265,000 members in approximately 986 graduate and undergraduate
chapters in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea,
Bermuda, Japan, Canada, and South Africa. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan
Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for
African American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its
programs, log onto www.aka1908.com.